‘Roads vital for development, more healthcare units to reduce dependency on SDH’
KATHUA: Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology Choudhary Lal Singh said that government has prioritized building of amenities like roads and healthcare assets in uncovered areas to ease out the lives of people.
He stated while kick starting several development projects in Basohli on Friday.
The Minister kick started five PMGSY road work including 5.8 KM Jandrota to Khrana road link to be completed with an estimated cost of Rs 4.25 cr, 3.5 KM Dhoura to Dhodla road link having estimated cost Rs 2.85 Cr, 7 KM Tikri to Jamna road link having estimated cost of Rs 5.68 Cr, 4.5 KM Patrera to Kashid with an estimated cost of Rs 4.56 Cr and 3.4 KM Road link from Pepri to Khaddi to be completed with estimated cost of Rs 2.12 Cr.
The Minister said Rs 3600 Cr PMGSY outlay for the state has been sanctioned for 10th stage which will improve rural connectivity by providing all weather motarable roads. He added that several roads and bridges were taken up under Central Road Funds (CRF) which will help to give connectivity to uncovered habitations.
Ch Lal Singh also inaugurated two Allopathic Sub Centres at Prungal and Gadodi area besides one allopathic dispensary at Shara of Basohli.
While addressing people, the minister said government is keen to strengthen healthcare infrastructure in rural areas to reduce the dependency on sub district hospitals besides providing healthcare facilities at possible nearest locations.
During his whirlwind tour, the minister interacted with various deputations hailing from Hatt, Gadodi, Sheetalnagar, Kashid, Jandrota, Shara and gave patient hearing to their demands and problems. He passed directions to the officers to redress the issues projected by people related to the shortage of basic amenities. He assured that the demand put forth by the representatives will be addressed on priority and in time bound manner.
Director, S & W Conservation (CCF) Javed Iqbaal Panjoo, Director Environment and Ecology O P Sharma, Director Forest Corporation S.C Gupta, Director PCB Ravi Kesar, MD State Forest Corporation S K Gupta, ACD Kathua Sunil Sharma, SDM Basohli Dhirendra Sharma, XEN PWD Suman Bhaskar, XEN R&W S.K Raina, DFO Billawar, DFO Basohli, DFO Kathua, CHO Ajit Sharma, CEO Balbir Singh, DYSO Subash Bhardwaj, DHO Dr Rajinder Kumar, AEE PMGSY were also present. —Info deptt.